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The Innovation Trail is a collaboration between five upstate public media outlets, reporting about New York's innovation economy.

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Common Core curriculum brings new, harder GED test

The new Common Core Curriculum is reaching into the world of adult equivalency diplomas.

The General Educational Development test, or GED, used to be the gateway for a New York State Diploma. Now, it's been replaced with a harder test called TASC -that's short for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion.  Go to full article
Police officer accessing data from laptop in his patrol unit. Photo: <a href=" http://www.flickr.com/photos/21317126@N04/7362224090/">ibmphoto24</a>, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
Police officer accessing data from laptop in his patrol unit. Photo: ibmphoto24, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Budget paves way for statewide information sharing for police

Governor Cuomo outlined a $10-million initiative to create a statewide police information database.

The New York State Protection Cloud is designed to make it quicker and easier for local police departments to share crime information across jurisdictions.

John Grebert, executive director of the New York State Association of Chiefs of Police, says it'll give local police departments more and better information as the carry out criminal investigations.  Go to full article
The original route of the proposed Upstate Pipeline. Map: Millenium Pipeline Company LLC
The original route of the proposed Upstate Pipeline. Map: Millenium Pipeline Company LLC

NY gas pipeline project scales back

A proposal to build a new natural gas pipeline from Binghamton to Syracuse has been scaled back due to a lack of interest.

Millennium Pipeline Company wanted to build the line from the Southern Tier to just south of Syracuse along Interstate 81, connecting three existing east-west lines.

Now they're considering just going from Binghamton to Cortland and connecting two lines.  Go to full article
A new plan announced by Gov. Cuomo would convert the NRG power plant in Dunkirk, NY to natural gas. Photo: Kate O'Connell
A new plan announced by Gov. Cuomo would convert the NRG power plant in Dunkirk, NY to natural gas. Photo: Kate O'Connell

Advocates: Deal for power plant "undermined" PSC

Earlier this week, we reported on Gov. Andrew Cuomo's role in pushing sometimes conflicting sides to agreement on a new wilderness area in the central Adirondacks.

Now the governor's had a hand in a $150-million deal that will see a coal-fired power plant on Lake Erie converted to burn natural gas.

Many of New York's power stations are reaching the end of their operating lives. The Public Service Commission has been assessing options for the future of the Dunkirk power station for months.

The deal that announced by the governor this week wasn't actually one of them, even though the agreement is supposed to be contingent upon PSC approval.  Go to full article
The team already knows having loons on a lake raises property values. Common loon adult and young. Photo: Nina Schoch
The team already knows having loons on a lake raises property values. Common loon adult and young. Photo: Nina Schoch

Clarkson researchers wonder how water quality affects property values

Researchers from Clarkson University are gearing up to study the effect water pollution has on property values across 26 counties in upstate New York.

They'll study water quality data and correlate that with property sales over the past 10 years.  Go to full article
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica, Creative Commons, some rights reserved
US Sen. Charles Schumer. File photo: Propublica, Creative Commons, some rights reserved

Schumer wants vets to get their NY property tax credit

Thousands of veterans in New York are missing out on property tax breaks. Sen. Charles Schumer says that's largely because they don't know about them.

Schumer is trying to get the word out about a New York State program that can save veterans hundreds of dollars a year. He visited Herkimer County this week, where more than 6,000 veterans are eligible.  Go to full article
Gov. Cuomo speaking yesterday in Buffalo. Photo: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/governorandrewcuomo/10295746355/">NY Governor's Office</a>
Gov. Cuomo speaking yesterday in Buffalo. Photo: NY Governor's Office

Cuomo: Federal shutdown is hurting NY

This could be the day of reckoning on Capitol Hill, as Senate leaders push to find agreement on way to avoid a U.S. default and an end to the partial government shutdown. Aides say leaders are hopeful they can make a deal. Midnight tonight is the deadline Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew set for the government to either raise the debt limit or risk going into default.

Speaking in Buffalo yesterday, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the shutdown and looming default is unnecessary, and hurts New York.  Go to full article
Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County is among four slated for closure. Image: Google Maps
Chateaugay Correctional Facility in Franklin County is among four slated for closure. Image: Google Maps

Old prisons could become homes for business start-ups

Some abandoned prisons in the upstate area could become home to start-up companies under the Cuomo administration's Start-Up New York initiative.  Go to full article
With 85% of its approximately 2000 workers on furlough, the National Science Foundation is closed for business. The NSF building in Arlington, VA. Photo: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NSF_building.jpg">NSF</a>
With 85% of its approximately 2000 workers on furlough, the National Science Foundation is closed for business. The NSF building in Arlington, VA. Photo: NSF

Shut-down hurts R&D economy

The federal government shutdown has impacted funding for a range of research and development sectors.

A senior analyst at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in Washington DC says the interruption could have long-term effects on America's research-driven economy.  Go to full article
Lines in Syracuse for the Henninger High School event. Photo: Ryan Delaney
Lines in Syracuse for the Henninger High School event. Photo: Ryan Delaney

Long lines forming for Obama events

Interest in seeing President Obama when his upstate New York bus tour stops in Syracuse Thursday evening prompted a long line to get tickets outside Henninger High School. Ashley Hirtzel reports from outside the president's scheduled stop at the University of Buffalo, and Ryan Delaney was outside the site of the president's speech in Syracuse.  Go to full article

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